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Owen Farrell believes ‘crucial’ Six Nations triumph can lead England to World Cup challenge

Owen Farrell believes ‘crucial’ Six Nations triumph can lead England to World Cup challenge

The Saracens star is looking to create history with his country

Thursday, February 1, 2018

England fly-half Owen Farrell believes winning the Six Nations will provide the ideal platform for a potential World Cup triumph in 2019.

The Saracens star is looking to create history with his country by chasing a third consecutive Six Nations triumph – a feat last matched 135 years ago.

Head coach Eddie Jones will lead England to Japan for the World Cup in 2019 with the ambition of claiming the biggest prize in rugby.

England open their Six Nations campaign with a trip to the Stadio Olimpico to face Italy this weekend before hosting Wales at Twickenham six days later.

The current holders last tasted a Grand Slam triumph on home soil in 1995 and will have the added motivation of securing bragging rights as well as a place in the history books.

And Farrell is hopeful of ending a pivotal week with maximum points as England look to firm up their World Cup credentials against familiar opponents.

“It’s crucial to us because it’s the next thing – it’s the games that are in front of us,” Farrell told talkSPORT.

“We want to make sure that we keep getting better, keep improving and building on what we’ve already done.

“And to do that we have to put the work in now.

“You want to be able to see the performance at the end of the week, so it’s massive for us.”

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